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Obituaries 3-5-15

Caroline Martin Larsen

Passionate about county preservation

Caroline Martin Larsen, known as Carita, died on Feb. 21, 2015, at the age of 84. Born in San Francisco to Charles Martin and Caroline Madison Martin, the California impressionist painter, Larsen was the granddaughter of Frank Madison, founding partner of the law firm Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro.  She was the wife of the late investor, vineyardist and preservationist Carter Larsen, whom she married in 1952.  

After attending Burkes School in San Francisco, Larsen graduated from Westover School, Middleton, Conn. (Class of ’49) and Mills College, Oakland, Calif. (Class of ’52). She volunteered with a number of local organizations including Enterprise, Edgewood, Grace Cathedral and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was a longtime member of the Francisca Club and supporter of many San Francisco arts and cultural institutions. In her later life, she oversaw the running of Larsen Vineyards and was passionate about the preservation of rural Sonoma County. Larsen’s family said she loved to travel and was devoted to her family. An inveterate walker, she could often be found walking the beach at Aptos or the vineyards in Healdsburg, often with one of her beloved dogs at her side.

Larsen was predeceased by her son, Scott Martin Larsen, and is survived by her children Carter Larsen, Jr., Brett Larsen and Caroline Husting (James); grandchildren Laurence Larsen, Erica Husting, Harrison Husting and Michael Larsen; sister, Patsy Seidler; and nieces, Hydie Prugh, Lisa Cleveland and Jennifer Ash.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary the Virgin, 2325 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Sonoma Land Trust, 822 5th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (

Sharon Maser Danaceau

Advocated for women

Sharon Maser Danaceau, of Santa Rosa, died on Feb. 18, 2015, after three years of battling adrenal cancer. Her loved ones were there to say goodbye – daughter Gabrielle, sister Elizabeth Cossairt and partner Sharona Tracy. Also surviving Danaceau, but not present, was her brother, Laurence. The family would like to thank all who helped her transition: Donna Barnette and those at North County Hospice, Dr. Thierry Jahan of UCSF and Dr. Amy Shaw of Redwood Regional Medical Group.

She was born on May 16, 1943 in Los Angeles, came to San Francisco in 1961 and volunteered for the Peace Corps in Morocco in 1963. After completing a B.A. at San Francisco State, she moved to Marin in 1970, where she taught high school biology. Her daughter was born in a log cabin on Mt. Tam. Danaceau moved to Sonoma County in 2001.

An advocate of the contributions of women and the development of their health, strength and voice, Danaceau founded the nonprofit Women’s School of Healing Arts and Sciences in 1985 and earned a masters in Women’s Spirituality from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2011. A transformational teacher, she will be missed. Her Life Celebration will be held April 12 at her home; more info at To donate to her nonprofit, please send a check to Women’s School, c/o 672 Robinson Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472.

Danaceau was cremated at Windsor-Healdsburg Mortuary.

Bonnie Denmark

Had a generous, loving heart

Bonnie Denmark (Bonnie Lee Christensen), age 82, died on Feb. 7, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Grants Pass, Ore. after battling cancer.

Denmark’s family said she was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many, and she had a generous, loving heart and touched many lives with her presence. She lit up a room with her smile and always had the most positive outlook on life. She never complained about her illness and was more concerned about the feelings of others than she was of her own. Her family and friends will always be grateful for the gift that was her life, said her daughter, Kate Denmark Morrissey.

She was preceded in death by her husband Grant Denmark, stepson Richard Denmark, nephew Matthew Denmark and son-in-law Rich Halliday.

Denmark is survived by daughters; Dayna Halliday, Dru Denmark and Kate Morrissey; stepson and daughter-in-law Grant and Cindy Denmark; daughter-in-law Suzi Denmark; grandchildren Josiah Denmark, Melody Wingo, Faith Hines, Jordan Denmark, Brooke Denmark, Andrew Lester, Grant Lester and Taylor Morrissey; great grandchildren Miya Hines, Jackson Hines, Hudson Hines, Joshua Wingo, Grace Wingo, Asher Denmark, Claire Stangler, Emma Lester, and Hannah Lester; sister and brother-in-law Jan and Ted Etheredge;  sister Joy Maggetti;  brother Jim Christensen and numerous nieces and nephews.

Denmark’s favorite place was family property in Downieville, Calif. located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her remains will be laid to rest on this property later this year. Denmark requested a private memorial with her immediate family.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Steven Vargas of Healdsburg, California for being much more than a doctor to to Denmark, St Joseph Health Hospice Services and Hospice of Grants Pass, Ore.

Sharon (Sandy) Walker-Marcia

Woman of many talents

Sharon (Sandy) June Walker-Marcia passed away on Feb. 18 surrounded by her family at her home in Hidden Valley Lakes after a long battle with cancer. She was born Sep. 15, 1952 in the Philippines. Raised a military brat, she lived throughout the world, mainly growing up in Hawaii, where she loved to visit often. She graduated from Novato High School in 1970 and settled in Healdsburg. She loved her job at AT&T, working for 36 years travelling to almost every town in Sonoma County. She often said she had one of the best jobs and especially enjoyed working in west Sonoma County.

She was a woman of many talents and a creative artist who loved quilting, gardening, cooking, photography, travelling, drives in the redwoods and trips to Disneyland. Most of all, she loved seeing her grandchildren and having her family around. She made hundreds of quilts and made them for her friends, family and anyone she thought could use one. Incredibly generous with everything she had, she gave to those around her and would help anyone that needed it, her son, Mickey Peterson, said. Always an optimist, she never complained. Key Lime pie was a favorite, she even travelled to Key West, Fla. a few times. She was a fan of Van Halen, live concerts and most of all, driving fast cars.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Mark A. Marcia, her three sons Joaquin Peterson, Mickey Walker Peterson, Peter Walker-Marcia and daughter Lola Walker-Marcia. She was a proud and loving grandmother to her grandchildren, Angel, Katianne, Madeleine, Reina, Junior and Bodhi.

A joyful celebration of her life, including fun, food, memories and laughter, will be held at the Finley Community Center Cypress Room in Santa Rosa on Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. Hawaiian shirts optional!

Rev. Raymond B. Maloney

Active in church community

 Raymond B. Maloney, age 79, of Windsor, died on Feb. 17, 2015, surrounded by family and friends after a short illness.  He had been a resident of Windsor since 1999.  He was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts to Philip and Helena Maloney, who preceded him in death. He leaves sisters, Phyllis Shaw (Cliff), Anne Scogin (Al) and Carol Waskiewicz (Steve); and brother, George Maloney (Lourdes), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He was married to his wife, Anna Lause, in 1985. He and Anna moved to Sonoma County from southeastern Massachusetts in 1999, joining good friends who resided here. (He missed the foliage, but not the snow.) Anna died in 2000 but he never stopped talking about their good life together. He was received into the Episcopal Church from the Roman Catholic Church as a priest by the Rt. Rev. George Hunt on June 1, 1992 in Rhode Island. In Sonoma County, he served as Vicar of Christ Church in Windsor from 1999-2000 and Vicar of Good Shepherd Church in Cloverdale from 2001-2008. In recent years, he has served at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Healdsburg as an associate, and also often officiated at the Eucharist at the Chapel of St. George, The Bishop’s Ranch, where he regularly worshipped. He also served as a supply priest at various churches in the county. Services will be held at St. Paul's, 209 Matheson Street, Healdsburg on March 6 at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Paul’s Church Memorial Fund, the Bishop’s Ranch Chapel Fund, or a charity of your choice.

Merna Arlene Hall Petersen

Family matriarch

The life of 88-year-old matriarch Merna Arlene Hall Petersen came to an end on Feb. 22, 2015. During her life, Petersen chose to live simply, lovingly and with a sustained compassion seldom seen. Whether people knew Petersen as “sister,” “Aunt Petersen,” “Mom,” “Grandma,” “Great Grandma Petersen” or as a friend, she was there to be supportive. With her smile, kind words, patience and helpful insights, Petersen healed those around her and made them feel connected. Petersen was faithful, loyal, generous and devoted to her family and friends, her family said.

Petersen was born in Clinton, Iowa, to Roy William and Mabel Olive Hall. Despite the shadow cast by the Great Depression, she found contentment and happiness within her family. She was the youngest of the four Hall children; little sister to Harold, Leona (Loner), and Alberta (Berta). She spoke often of her happy childhood, her brother and sisters and the pleasure she had singing with Berta.

Petersen married Lawrence John Petersen (Larry) in September of 1948. Their daughter Carol was born in 1949, and Nancy came along three years later in 1952. In 1958, the family moved from Fort Collins, Colo., to Davis, Calif. Larry was a plant pathologist at UC Davis and Petersen was a homemaker. According to her family, she was a great cook and was well known for her cookies and caramels. Her son-in-law and accomplished chef, Dennis, honored her by putting her meatloaf recipe on his menu. She loved bridge and played in at least two groups in Davis. Those women became some of her closest friends.

Petersen was a good friend to many. Her deep friendship with June and Bud Woodard was a testimony to love, commitment and mutual support. A great blessing to Petersen was the fact that she was able to travel with Larry, June and Bud. A visit to the 1986 World’s Fair in Vancouver B.C., followed by a cruise to Alaska with Nancy and Rick aboard the “Love Boat” was a crowning moment. Another high-water mark were the years that Petersen and Larry spent enjoying the simpler life they created in their little rustic cabin in Camp Meeker near Occidental.

Peterson’s family said that Petersen and Larry were the most loving and fun-filled grandparents. They cherished and threw themselves fully into their “grandparenting” years, always eager to take the kids home or on an adventure. They were generous with gifts and especially with their time and their love.  

In 2004, Petersen had a serious heart attack. After a few setbacks, followed by a long recovery in her Davis home under Nancy’s care, it became apparent that Petersen needed and wanted to be closer to the stability, comfort, companionship and love that Nancy, her family and their family friends could provide. They are thankful and blessed to have had the opportunity to be by Petersen’s side as she enjoyed her new life in Sonoma County. Petersen enjoyed a special closeness and easygoing rapport with her son-in-law, Rickey, and her granddaughters, Sara and Anna, her family recalled.

Her family said that while leaving Davis, an established lifestyle and her best friend, June, was not easy, Petersen did it with grace and a smile on her face. She embraced meeting new friends at Paulin Creek and became one of their ambassadors responsible for showing newcomers around.

Later at the Healdsburg Senior Living Community, Petersen continued to make friends and lighten the atmosphere. Petersen loved everyone, and everyone loved her. Until dementia compromised her memory, Petersen spoke often of the many friends she had in Davis. They were a rare and special group of people.

Over the last 10 years, Petersen was able to attend Sara’s graduation from San Diego State and Nursing School and Anna’s graduation from UC Santa Cruz. She was present at Sara’s and Anna’s weddings and got to hold and love her three great-grandchildren. She was so proud of her granddaughter, Jenny, who is currently a senior in visual arts at Ohio State University. She looked forward to her weekly phone calls from her daughter Carol, her family said.

Petersen is survived by her sister, Berta Knoles, of Benkelman, Neb., her daughter Carol (Dennis) McCarthy and granddaughter Jenny of Dayton, Ohio, her daughter Nancy (Rick) McClish, granddaughters Sara (Guerin) Johnson, Anna (Mike) Rasmussen and great-grandchildren Gracie and Scotty Johnson and Cooper Rasmussen, all of Healdsburg, Calif. She leaves behind numerous relatives and friends.

The family is indebted to the Healdsburg Senior Living Community and the Healdsburg District Hospital, and their staffs. According to her family, they treated Petersen lovingly and completely. During Petersen’s final days and moments, she received exemplary care and was surrounded by family. There will be a Memorial Service at Davis Lutheran Church, 318 East 8th Street, on March 21 at 11 a.m. with a reception in the adjoining Fellowship Hall. A private family burial will be held at the Davis Cemetery.

The family asks that any donations be made to either of the following organizations: Healdsburg District Hospital-Hospital Comfort Care-Susan Spoelma, 1375 University Ave., Healdsburg, Ca 95448, or Healdsburg Senior Living Center-Living Community: Music & Memory, 725 Grove St., Healdsburg, Ca 95448.

LTC Louis E. Guglielmino

Active community member

LTC Louis E. Guglielmino, US Army retired, was born on May 31, 1921, and died on March 1, 2015.

Guglielmino was an active member of the community: volunteer tax agent for 20 years at Healdsburg Senior Center; hospital volunteer at the Santa Rosa Memorial Gift Shop and past volunteer at Healdsburg Hospital. Guglielmino volunteered 10 years for the American Red Cross Military Services. He served through three wars and was a military artillery officer and a patriot. Taken by a brief illness, he died at home with his wife at his side. He was married to Jude Patch Guglielmino for 55 years and lived in his beloved Dry Creek Valley for 45 years, where he raised his two boys and daughter. He grew vegetables, loved to cook and was a published writer. His book “Random Remembrances” tells of his childhood in San Francisco. He loved to travel and was proud of his Italian heritage, even going to school in Sicily for two-semesters. A Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church date is not yet set and a future Celebration of Life is in the works. Make donations to St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospice North County in Healdsburg in his honor.

Obituaries 2-26-15

Donald L. “Don” Brooks

Loving husband and father

Donald Lyle “Don” Brooks, 77, died on Feb. 19, 2015. Brooks was born on Dec. 3, 1937 in Santa Rosa Calif. to Ralph Emerson and Gladys Eugenie Brooks. Brooks grew up with his twin brother, Darrell, sister Joan and oldest brother, Ralph Jr., on the family dairy in Windsor, Calif.

Brooks married Billie Marie Risenhoover on March 8, 1958. They moved their family to Idaho in 1971. He was a dairyman/rancher, carpenter, hunter and fisherman.

Brooks was preceded in death by his father, mother, siblings, and niece, Susan Kirby.

He is survived by his wife Billie; daughter Linda (Keith) Goering; sons Shawn (Becky) Brooks, and Steven (Alison) Brooks; grandchildren Winston Goering, Eric Goering, Rosa Goering Scott, Donny Brooks, John Rucker, Jale’ Brooks, Anthony Brooks and Chelsie Brooks; great grandchildren Adrian, Savanah, Ember, Cambri and Ellie; along with several nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service will be held in the Lower Boise Cemetery in Parma. A celebration of his life was held on Feb. 24, 2015. An online guest book is available at

Memorials may be made to Camp Stover.

Keith C. Lampson

Active in Geyserville community

Keith C. Lampson died at his home in Santa Rosa on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at the age of 87. He was the husband of the late Dr. Irene Becker Lampson, whom he married in 1961, and son of the late Ora H. and Everett D. Lampson, Sr. He was born and raised in Geyserville. He attended Geyserville schools, and then San Jose State where he received his bachelor’s degree. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and served in Japan during the Korean War.

Following his military service, Lampson returned to Geyserville to work with his father at Lampson Tractor Co. He later became a partner, then owner until his retirement. Lampson was a member of the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce, member and past president of the Santa Rosa Ski Club and a member of the Geyserville Christian Church. Lampson represented Lampson Tractor in the Farm Equipment Dealer’s Association and was active in the Massey Ferguson, New Holland and Kubota business meetings and conferences. He had an interest in the history of Northern Sonoma County, where his memory for details of family relationships was beneficial. In his teen years, he worked for a Santa Rosa florist, gathering a reputation for floral arrangement design.

An avid skier, he especially enjoyed trips out of state to ski with Irene and friends. Lampson enjoyed entertaining. He and Irene shared their home for friends’ weddings and many family and friends’ celebrations. He and Irene also travelled; to Germany, other parts of Europe, a world cruise on the QEII, as well as trips to San Francisco for special theater and art events, preceded or followed by wonderful dinners.

Lampson was preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Irene Becker Lampson, his parents and his brother David Lampson. Lampson is survived by his sister-in-law, Claire Lampson, and his niece, Laura Lampson Furlong and her husband Jim; all of Geyserville, and his late wife’s nephews Klaus-Henning Becker and wife Karin, Achim Becker and wife Vera and Hans Becker and wife Jutta and their families, all of Germany.  

Friends are invited to attend his funeral service, with Military Honors, on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Geyserville Christian Church, 21300 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, CA, 95441. Private burial will take place on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. In his memory, donations may be made to Memorial Hospice, 439 College Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401; Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95475 or Geyserville Christian Church at the above address.   

Dawn Renee Peavler

Lifelong Healdsburg resident

Dawn Peavler, 48, died at her home on Feb. 18, 2015, surrounded by family, after battling cancer. She was born on Jan. 24, 1967.

Peavler was a lifelong resident of Healdsburg. She enjoyed working with children and touched many lives.

She was a 4-H leader for over 15 years and was a board member for the Healdsburg Future Farmers of America Fair for over 10 years, in addition to being in charge of the Junior Fair board. Peavler also showed steers and swine with 4-H and Future Farmers of America.

Peavler is survived by her husband, Dale Peavler; her daughter, Jennah; son, Wyatt; father, Geno Dericco; brothers: Richard (Patti) Dericco; Ron (Joanne) Dericco, sister; Gina (Randy) Hatcher; brother-in-law; James Peavler; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

Peavler is preceded in death by her mother, Donna Baker.

At the family’s request, no services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a trust fund set up for Dawn Peavler at Exchange Bank.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Sutter Hospice as well as caregivers Amanda and Cristy. The family also wishes to extend a special thank you to Trina from the Villas in Cloverdale.

Violet Lorraine (Moody) Saunders

Longtime Healdsburg resident

Violet Lorraine (Moody) Saunders, a longtime resident of Healdsburg, died on Feb. 8, 2015, at 97 years of age. Saunders, known to most as Vi, was born on Aug. 25, 1917, in a Geyserville farmhouse surrounded by prune trees and grape vines. Saunders was the eldest daughter of John Logan Moody and Daisy Belle (Eslick) Moody, and she and her sister, Pauline, shared a closeness that lasted until Pauline’s passing in 2012. The Moody girls grew up in Geyserville on the family’s small ranch located at the north end of Moody Lane, a short country road named after their father.

Saunders’ ancestry is deeply rooted in American soil, with patriots on both sides of her family. Also, Violet’s paternal grandfather, Corporal William Moody, was a Union soldier during the Civil War.

Saunders’ father, Logan Moody, was a year old in 1888 when he came to California with his parents, William and Mary Moody, traveling from Minnesota by train, then the last leg of the journey by stagecoach. The family initially settled in Hopland but relocated to Geyserville in 1903.

Saunders’ mother and her family, the Eslicks, traveled by train from Arkansas to California in 1903, and eventually found employment working the fields of the Moody Ranch.

To supplement farm income, Saunders’ father hauled freight. As a young man, he hauled tan bark in a wagon pulled by a four-horse team. In later years, Logan enlisted the help of his teenage daughters. Saunders herself trucked redwood timber over some very dangerous coastal roadways.

Saunders’ mother, Daisy Moody, a school teacher, taught in several one-room schoolhouses in the Healdsburg area, including Hamilton School in the Dry Creek Valley and Daniels School near Mill Creek. She also taught Native American children at Rogers School in Alexander Valley and orphans at Lytton Springs. The Moody girls were taught by their mother at Hamilton and Daniels Schools, but later attended Geyserville Elementary. When the Geyserville High School Class of 1936 graduated, Violet and Pauline held the highest scholastic honors. Both girls also loved sports and played on the Geyserville girls softball team, coached by their dad.

When Saunders was very young, she spent a lot of time with her maternal grandparents, Jim and Mollie Eslick, in Healdsburg. In later years, she would reminisce about Grandpa Eslick giving her horse-and-buggy rides and fiddle lessons.

In 1938, Saunders married Ernest C. Saunders of Healdsburg and there they raised five children. At times, Saunders was a stay-at-home mom, but at other times she worked alongside her husband. Together, they owned and operated the Night Owl Cafe, the Golden Eagle Service Station, Ernie’s Second Hand Store and the Iceberg Cafe, all in Healdsburg. Violet also worked at the Healdsburg Steam Laundry for many years.

Saunders was devoted to God and her family. She lived out her Christian faith her entire life. She enjoyed Sunday afternoon rides in the country and boating on the Russian River with her family and friends.

Saunders was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Ernest, and her youngest son, Ted. She is survived by her son Dennis Saunders and daughters Linda (Richard) Racine, Nancy (Ed) Harrington and Lorrie (David) Cleveland. Also, grandchildren Dee and David (Betty) Dannewitz, Joseph, Derek, Jeremiah and David Cleveland, Misty Saunders and Kristy Trogden, and two great-grandchildren, Lucy and Sally Dannewitz.

Saunders was interred at Oakmound Cemetery in Healdsburg at a private family ceremony.

Obituaries 2-12-15

Gerald Stinski

Self-taught artist

Gerald Stinski, a self-taught artist who began as a painter of abstracts but earned international acclaim and commercial success with small oil paintings of luminescent realism in the spirit of the old Dutch masters, died at his Healdsburg home on Jan. 15. He was 85.

Stinski brought his reputation to the Healdsburg art scene when he exhibited his work for several years at the Plaza Arts Center, the nonprofit community gallery now known as the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. His paintings also could be found in galleries in San Francisco, London, Amsterdam and Beverly Hills.

He was born in Menasha, Wis. in 1929, attended parochial schools there and entered the St. Camillus Monastery for a five-year period of study with the expectation he would become a priest. He later told an interviewer that at the age of 23, “I realized it wasn’t for me.”

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 for a four-year enlistment and was stationed at NATO headquarters in Norfolk, Va. He took an active interest in art as a career during his service and in 1956, became a commercial designer for a national corporation in Atlanta. He was transferred to San Francisco in 1960.

North Beach was a center of the abstract expressionism movement at the time and Stinski joined other artists in creating non-representational forms on large canvases. “It was said that my work was very interesting,” Stinski recalled in later years. “I didn’t know what I was painting, but the reviewers seemed to.”

Ultimately, Stinski became a master of “trompe l’oeil” (deceive the eye) realism, producing gem-like miniature oils comparable in subject and technique to celebrated Dutch painters of the 17th century. The varnished surface of a Stinski still-life is honed down to remove textures distracting the viewer from the purity of the painting.

He held major exhibitions at Gump’s Gallery in San Francisco, McConnell Mason Galleries in London, Siau Galleries in Amsterdam, Setay Galleries in Beverly Hills, Zantman Galleries in Carmel, De Buryne Gallery in Naples, Florida and Panache Gallery in Mendocino.  His work is in private collections around the world.

Stinski and his family moved from San Francisco to Fairfax in Marin County in 1965, and further north to the Mendocino Coast near Fort Bragg in 1989. In 2000, he and his wife, Bonnie, settled in Healdsburg where he continued to work in his studio every day until his recent ill health caused him to put aside his brushes.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, one sister, Sally, three daughters, Paula Kern of Petaluma, Ivy Standridge of Albuquerque and Martha Ostrowski of Rohnert Park, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Healdsburg.

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